Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Two Oaklawn Park-raced horses are headed to the Breeders' Cup following "Win and You're In" victories last weekend at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.
Golden Mischief, in the Filly and Mare Sprint division, captured Saturday's Grade 2 $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes by a head for Brad Cox, among Oaklawn's top trainers in 2018.
Despite running erratically through the stretch, Blue Prize held on for a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's Grade 1 $500,000 Spinster Stakes in the Distaff division.
Golden Mischief has raced three times at Oaklawn, winning the $150,000 Purple Martin Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters -- via a race-related disqualification of Our Majesty -- in 2017 when under the care of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.
After being purchased for $475,000 by famed Juddmonte Farms Inc. at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale, Golden Mischief was transferred to Cox and made her 4-year-old debut in the $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes on March 3 at Oaklawn. Golden Mischief finished ninth as the favorite, but she rebounded to win an April 4 allowance race in 1:08.77 for 6 furlongs, among the fastest times ever for a female at that distance in Hot Springs.
In the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, Golden Mischief ($11) ran 6 furlongs over a fast track in 1:09.39 under Florent Geroux. Oaklawn-raced Vertical Oak finished third for perennial Oaklawn champions Ricardo Santana Jr. and Asmussen.
Golden Mischief, a daughter of Into Mischief, increased her career earnings to $668,150 with her third consecutive stakes victory. She is 10-for-21 overall. The Grade 1 $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.
Blue Prize is headed for the Grade 1 $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs after recording her third consecutive graded stakes victory in the Spinster. The streak began in another "Win and You're In" event, the Grade 2 $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap on June 16 at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Ignacio Correas, Blue Prize began her 2018 campaign with a seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 $350,000 Azeri Stakes for older fillies and mares on March 17 at Oaklawn.
Blue Prize, who was ridden Sunday by Joe Bravo, covered 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:50.02 and paid $11. The Argentine-bred has a 7-7-1 record from 16 career starts and earnings of $964,753.
Whitmore, Oaklawn's top older sprinter the last two years, finished second in the Grade 2 $245,000 Phoenix Stakes on Friday.
Edgar Morales, Oaklawn's leading apprentice jockey in 2018, rode two winners on Friday's opening-day program at Keeneland. Morales' 17 victories were the highest single-season total for an Oaklawn apprentice since 2010. He was also the leading apprentice this summer at Ellis Park and at the Churchill Downs September meeting.
Beach Flower, sixth in the Grade 1 $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares on April 13 at Oaklawn, was a 10 1/4-length allowance winner Saturday at Keeneland for Mac Robertson,
Oaklawn allowance winner Ready to Confess is entered in the $50,000 Winter Melody Stakes for fillies and mares today at Delaware Park. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Winter Melody, which goes as race 8, is 3:45 p.m.Sports on 10/10/2018
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